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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Tuesday
Sep162014

The Other September 11th 

One of the darkest chapters in American history is the brutal slaughter of nearly 150 members (including women and children) of the Baker-Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows, Utah, at the behest of Brigham Young.

Dr. Alvin Schmidt of Illinois College was a recent guest on Issues, Etc., discussing the Mountain Meadows Massacre, on September 11, 1857.  Mountain Meadows Massacre

You can read more about the massacre here:  Wikipedia Mountain Meadows Massacre

Tuesday
Sep162014

"O LORD, My Rock and My Redeemer" -- A Sermon on Psalm 19

A Sermon on the 19th Psalm

Psalm 19 is well-known for the sheer beauty of its Hebrew poetry.  C. S. Lewis once said of Psalm 19:  “I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.”  One commentator argues that the beauty of this particular Psalm puts the Psalmist’s artistic skills on a par with such great creative geniuses as Goethe, Haydn, and Beethoven.  While this particular Psalm is indeed beautiful poetry, the 19th Psalm’s literary beauty does not (or at least should) not obscure the fact that this particular Psalm is packed with important biblical-theological themes.  The 19th Psalm speaks directly to the two ways in which God reveals himself–through the created order in which he shows forth his glory, and in his law, through which he demonstrates his divine perfections.

The self-revelation of God–the two ways in which God reveals himself to all his creatures–is such an important topic that article two of the Belgic Confession (the confession of faith of the Reformed churches) deals with these two ways  (or two books) immediately following a discussion of the nature of God in article one.  The Confession speaks of these two books of revelation–the natural order and Holy Scripture–as follows:
                
    We know God by two means:  First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God: his eternal power and his divinity, as the apostle Paul says in Romans 1:20.  All these things are enough to convict men and to leave them without excuse.  Second, he makes himself known to us more openly by his holy and divine Word, as much as we need in this life, for his glory and for the salvation of his own.

In addition to quoting from Paul (Romans 1:20), the chief biblical proof-text underlying article two of the Belgic Confession is Psalm 19:1-4.  In fact, in our New Testament lesson (Romans 1:18-25), Paul repeatedly alludes to the 19th Psalm as Paul makes his case that there is no such thing as a true atheist–although there are many who call themselves atheists, from a biblical point of view these are people who sinfully suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  Despite the fact that God’s self-revelation gets through to them–Paul is clear that it does, and the Psalmist also makes this point–people do not want to accept those things which God reveals.  If they acknowledge God, then they owe him faith and repentance, which is the last thing such people wish to do.  The reason why people inevitably reject the two books of revelation is because, as Jesus says, “people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” (John 3:19).

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Monday
Sep152014

Great Article on Ben Sasse

Anyone interested in Ben Sasse's senate campaign in Nebraska will enjoy Mark Hemingway's recent article on Ben in the Weekly Standard

Monday
Sep152014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 15-21) -- A Special Guest and New Members Class Begins

Sunday Morning (September 21):  We are continuing our series on 1 Peter, and this coming Lord's Day, we'll be looking at how we relate to the civil authority in light of our status as exiles and sojourners (1 Peter 2:13-25).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class begins with a discussion of the history and distinctives of Christ Reformed Church.  All inquirers welcome.

Sunday AfternoonAs we continue our study of the Canons of Dort, we are currently in the 3rd/4th head of Doctrine, and will be considering faith as a gift from God (article 14).  The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 17): Bible study resumes this week with a study of Revelation 21, before we take up a study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (September 12):  On Friday evening September 19, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, Professor of Church History and President of Westminster Seminary California, will be our special guest, discussing his book John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor.

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep142014

"You Are a Chosen Race" -- 1 Peter 2:1-12

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon, the fourth in a series on 1 Peter:  Click Here

Sunday
Sep142014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Avoiding the Feast

Rather than trusting in God’s provision, the people of Israel “demanded the food they craved” as they wandered in the wilderness, This unbelieving generation cried out saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Ps. 78:19). On this program, Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, and Steve Parks will discuss the sinful human tendency to question God’s promises rather than to rely on his fatherly kindness.

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Rather than trusting in God’s provision, the people of Israel “demanded the food they craved” as they wandered in the wilderness, This unbelieving generation cried out saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” (Ps. 78:19). On this program, Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, and Steve Parks will discuss the sinful human tendency to question God’s promises rather than to rely on his fatherly kindness. - See more at: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/blog/2014/09/14/whi-1223-avoiding-the-feast/#sthash.xle0tMXW.dpuf

 

Friday
Sep122014

Friday Feature -- Ringo's an Educated Man

Some you have asked, why nothing from Tombstone?  Here you go!

Tuesday
Sep092014

"Be Still, and Know That I Am God" -- A Sermon on Psalm 46

A Sermon on Psalm 46

Most people cannot recite Psalm 46 from memory.  But many are so familiar with the words to Martin Luther’s famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” that they can sing it without looking at the bulletin.  “Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott” is actually Luther’s paraphrase of Psalm 46.  This Psalm has several very familiar lines, has been cited by American presidents (most recently by Barak Obama), and portions of it appear in well-known Jewish prayers.  Found in Book Two of the Psalter and attributed to the Sons of Korah, it is classified as a “Psalm of Zion” and contains loud echoes from Psalm 2, where that divine protection promised to the king, is extended to include his capital city (Jerusalem).  Charles Spurgeon aptly speaks of the 46th Psalm as “the song of faith in troubled times.”  Martin Luther thought this Psalm of such comfort, he put it to verse.  

As we continue with our series on select Psalms, I thought it appropriate to turn our attention to Psalm 46, because we sing this particular Psalm as often as any other–often in the form of Luther’s famous paraphrase.  Before we turn to the text of the Psalm itself–where we will find much deep and rich biblical theology–I think it appropriate to consider Luther’s use of this Psalm, then debunk one of the persistent myths surrounding the version of the Psalm which appears in the KJV, and then look at the context in which the Psalm was originally composed.  Then, we will look at the text of the Psalm while making various points of application as we go.

As for Luther and “A Mighty Fortress,” although there are many theories about when it was written and for what occasion, Luther’s hymn first appears in a 1531 hymnal which would indicate that Luther wrote it several years earlier, likely in 1527-29.  This was ten years or so after his 95 theses were circulated throughout Europe, igniting the theological fire which became the Protestant Reformation.  The black plague was especially virulent throughout much of Europe in the winter of 1527, nearly killing Luther’s son.  Luther was also a physical wreck during this time (from exhaustion).  He began spending much time reading and reflecting upon Psalm 46, especially its promise that God is the bulwark (fortress) who never fails.  From Luther’s reflection on that word of comfort, the famous hymn was born.

According to one church historian, “many times during this dark and tumultuous period, when terribly discouraged, [Luther] would turn to his co-worker, Philipp Melanchthon, and say, ‘Come, Philipp, let us sing the forty-sixth Psalm.’”  Luther said of this particular Psalm, “we sing this psalm to the praise of God, because He is with us and powerfully and miraculously preserves and defends His church and His word against all fanatical spirits, against the gates of hell, against the implacable hatred of the devil, and against all the assaults of the world, the flesh, and sin.”  Because our fathers in the faith were sustained throughout their trials by their knowledge and love of the psalter, we would be foolish to ignore their wise counsel, and the faithful example they have set before us.

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Monday
Sep082014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 8-14) -- Back to Our Regular Schedule and a Special Guest

Sunday Morning (September 14):  As we continue our series on 1 Peter, we are now in chapter 2 and considering the church as the new Israel (vv. 1-12).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday AfternoonWe are continuing with our study of the Canons of Dort.  We are currently in the 3rd/4th head of Doctrine, and will be considering the implications of regeneration as an act of God (articles 12-13).  The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 10): Bible study resumes this week with the closing chapter of Revelation, before we take up a study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (September 12):  The Academy resumes with a four-week reading/discussion format centering on Dr. Robert Godfrey's book, John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor (Crossway, 2009) and Mike Horton's book, Calvin on the Christian Life, (Crossway, 2014). 

Note:  on Friday evening September 19, Dr. W Robert Godfrey, Professor of Church History and President of Westminster Seminary California, will be our special guest, discussing his book John Calvin:  Pilgrim and Pastor .

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep072014

"This Word Is the Good News" -- 1 Peter 1:13-25

Here's the audio from this morning's service--the third in a series:

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